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NLD lawyers to represent retired army captain in blood donor case

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Lawyers in the NLD Legal Aid Group who have  represented Aung San Suu Kyi will take up the case of the retired army captain, Nay Myo Zin, who was charged under the  Burmese Electronics Act on Thursday, according to his family.

Retired Army Captain Nay Myo Zin has been charged under the Burmese Electronics Act. He was an active volunteer in an NLD project that donated blood to hospitals. Photo : Youth Network For People(BG)Rangoon East Division Judge Khin Maung accepted criminal powers of attorney documents on Thursday from attorneys Hla Myo Myint and Khin Htay Kywe to represent the former officer, who has been an active social work volunteer with a blood donor group working with state hospitals. Another hearing was scheduled for May 12.

Retired captain Nay Myo Zin was an active volunteer in campaign conducted by the National League for Democracy (NLD) youth wing. He was arrested at his home on the evening of April 2 by special branch police and ward-level authorities in South Dagon Township.

Police said they found a letter in his computer urging his friends living abroad to work for national reconciliation. A computer was seized from his home when he was arrested.

At today’s hearing, family members were not allowed to enter the courtroom inside Insein Prison to witness the proceedings. A family member said he had been charged under section 33 of the Electronics Act, which involves breaching State security, disturbing national unity and peace and leaking state secrets.

Observers said that pressing charges against Nay Myo Zin might stem from a fear by authorities of a movement of retired service personnel taking up public service work and supporting projects by groups such as the NLD, which is considered a threat by the state.

‘I think they are paranoid about retired servicemen joining hands and standing with the people’, said one observer.

Nay Myo Zin, 35,  served in the army for nearly 10 years, resigning in 2005.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 May 2011 09:14 )  

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